Davis has 34 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lakers outnumbered Tottenham

Davis has 34 points and 15 rebounds, and the Lakers outnumbered Tottenham

Angels Anthony Davis scored 34 points and 15 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the San Antonio Spurs 114-106 on Sunday.

Tallinn Horton Tucker scored 17 points in his debut of the season for the Lakers, and Carmelo Anthony and Wayne Ellington each had 15.

Los Angeles had a 14-point lead in the second half, then maintained an improvement to 3-3 since LeBron James was eliminated on November 4 due to an abdominal strain. The Lakers have won four total games this season without James, winning in overtime 125-121 in San Antonio on October 26.

Davis played the big game two days after the Lakers hummed by 24 points in a home loss to Minnesota, with the All-Star striker then saying the performance was “embarrassing” and that the team lacked effort in the crucial third quarter.

His Sunday effort was a coordinated effort to lead by example.

“I wanted to get out and take control of the game and do everything in my power to fire up the team,” Davis said. “That’s the kind of energy you need from the bench, our stars, and the players who play us.”

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Degonte Murray scored a hat-trick for Tottenham with 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Keldon Johnson scored 24 points. Murray’s other hat-trick came in the previous game against the Lakers.

San Antonio lost for the fifth time in their last seven games and fell in the opener of back-to-back games in Los Angeles, with a meeting against the rookie Clippers on Tuesday night.

“I was really happy with their efforts,” said Tottenham coach Gregg Popovich. “Too many turnarounds tonight against these guys, but we never gave up. Keep playing, they have improved. They have to keep their energy.”

Spurs gave up 19 points in 15 turns, while scoring 15 points in the Lakers’ 16 turnovers.

Davis scored 19 points in the first quarter from eight out of 10 shots and had 27 points in the first half. Horton Tucker’s return also helped with his early energy level. The third-year player found a comfort zone in the second half with 12 points.

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“We have a strong belief in this young man and what he can do on both sides of the ball,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said of Horton Tucker. “Obviously, when we recover we have a record of good selections, but he will be a big part of it.”

Spurs slipped to 105-103 with 2:41 left on a triple-pointer from Doug McDermott. The Lakers had a 7-0 inning for control, taking 3-pointers from Anthony with 1:46 to lead 110-103 and a throwback from Russell Westbrook for a 112-103 edge.

Westbrook finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Malik Monk scored 16 points with the Lakers.

“One day, that’s all I can tell you,” Westbrook said when asked if the Lakers are close to being the team they hope to be with James’ return around the corner. “We hope so but we will take it day by day and slowly get the players back and get things back.”

Devin Vassel added 19 points to San Antonio and Tadeusz Young added 17 points.

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“They just have to maintain their energy and their belief that the worm will spin as long as we continue to do better and better,” Popovich said.

Hints

Tottenham: C Jakob Poeltl was eligible to return from COVID-19 protocols but watched him from the bench in streetwear as he worked on his conditioning. Popovic said Boeltel “might be available” for Tuesday’s game against the Clippers. …F Keita Bates-Diop played three minutes on Sunday after missing two games with a lower back contusion.

Lakers: Horton-Tucker (thumb) was in the starting lineup for his first appearance of the season and made his first basket on the 3-pointer in less than four minutes into the game. …Anthony made his first game of the season after starting three times in 69 games with the Portland Trail Blazers last season. His career debut was No. 1118.

the following:

Tottenham: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday night.

Lakers: Host Chicago on Monday night.

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